Tuesday, October 29, 2013


CD REVIEW: SONGS OF IRON by Trucker Diablo
(Ripple Music)

The latest offering from Northern Ireland export, Trucker Diablo. ‘Songs of Iron’ picks up where their breakthrough hit album, ‘The Devil Rhythm’ left off, thoroughly rocking listeners with a slab of modern heavy rock mixed with a road worn whiskey soaked southern swagger. Trucker Diablo is fueled and powered by, Tom Harte on vocals and guitar, Simon Haddock on vocal and guitar, Glenn Harrison on bass and Terry Crawford on the skins. These four lads throttle down and put the pedal right through the floor! As much as I hate cliches, I must ask you, to play, ‘Songs Of Iron’ at maximum volume! Preferably while inebriated, but sober is still nothing short of exhilarating or don’t play it at all! The album kicks off with the fuel injected, “Red Light On” from there on, it’s one balls to the walls rocker after another with, “Rebel” and the lead off single, “Drive”,will get your juices flowing, “The Streets Run Red” and the trucker’ s anthem, “Year Of The Truck” are guaranteed to satisfy. 15 tracks total all sticks of rock and roll TNT. I shit you not, Trucker Diablo, when it comes to delivering the rock and roll goods, these lads hold nothing back. They know their instruments better than their women. You can tell they were having the time of their lives while writing and recording this album. There is a tasteful display of depth in the songwriting that is liberating, unhinged, and completely natural, well-thought and meticulously calculated. Either way, they’re guiding principle seems to be: do whatever works; meaning: do whatever we think sounds great and what we feel proud to put our name on, and anything else is unacceptable. Without a doubt, Trucker Diablo is one of today’s most promising bands to hit the rock scene and with a little notoriety, they just might have what it takes to hit it big. I’m talking HUGE! Cheers boys for hellava job! - Highly Recommended
Tony aka The Atomic Chaser @ The Dedicated Rocker Society/All Access Magazine


One of the most highly anticipated releases of 2013, the self-titled debut of the supergroup known as the Winery Dogs has been unleashed. Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy have joined forces to create one powerful album. When musicians of this magnitude get together the outcome will is nothing short of mind blowing! The result being a album that has soulful classic rock vibe that rock and groove you in way unimaginable. Richie Kotzen’ s vocals are superb. I’ve always been a fan of his work and what he’s done here, along with his amazing guitar work, just blew me away. Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan are a rhythm section sent from the gods. Right off the bat with the first two tracks , “Elevate” and “Desire”, the trio show they aren’t messing around. Groove laden rockers that go for the throat. Speaking of groove, “We Are One”, is just what the doctor ordered. The hook on the song along is worth getting your hands on this album. Even when the trio downshift on, “You Saved Me”, they sound amazing. 13 tracks total, all are amazing. So, was the waiting and all the hype worth it? After one listen, I would say, with no hesitation, YES! The Winery Dogs have recorded a very strong debut, I can only imagine what they come up with next, without a doubt one of the best albums to be released in 2013. - Highly Recommended
Tony aka The Atomic Chaser @ The Dedicated Rocker Society/All Access Magazine

CD REVIEW: HEY! HELLO! by Hey! Hello!
(The End Records)

The debut release for Hey! Hello! is a straight up rock till you drop rocker if there ever was one. Has my vote for “Rock soundtrack of the Summer of 2013″. Big guitars, sing along choruses and superb harmonies throughout. Frontman Ginger of The Wildhearts certainly doesn’t like the quiet life. One thing’s for sure, though, with Hey! Hello, Ginger has definitely raised the bar and shows why he is musical genius! By the way, he played every single instrument you hear on the album. Yeah, he’s that good! His cohort Victoria Liedtke’s vocals and harmonies blend perfectly with the familiar tones of Ginger’s voice, and nowhere is that more evident on the tracks like, “Black Valentine” and power pop rockers, “Swimwear” and “Why Can’t I Be Me Without You?” The music is not that hard to get into, in fact it’s addicting. A great mix of power pop and rock. Nothing that will catch the listener off guard. I believe this is why this album is getting so much attention. Ten tracks total all are guaranteed to satisfy. The chemistry between Ginger and Victoria are a match made in heaven. Their chemistry is tighter than a licked stamp on an envelope. Despite recording their vocals on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Kudos to The End Records for releasing this gem here in the States. Hey! Hello!’s debut was funded by fans as an exclusive one time deal. They were asked if they mind it being released commercially to the world. They replied with an astounding, YES! So, here it is in all its glory for music fans around the world to enjoy! Heads up, this is one of those albums you are going to listening to over and over again! Hitting “Repeat” is high on an album like this, it’s that good. Cheers to Ginger and Victoria for an outstanding job! - Highly Recommended
Tony aka The Atomic Chaser @The Dedicated Rocker Society/All Access Magazine

(Coda Recordings)

Formed from the ashes of respected Brit rock outfits SKIN and KOOGA. Soulful blues infused singer Nev MacDonald has reunited with his old friend and song writing partner Neil Garland. Together have formed their new band, Hand Of Dimes. The band's self-titled four song EP is groove laden rock and roll at it's finest From the soul moving opener, "Looking At You" to the mid tempo mover, "Angel And Demons", the good-time singalong of "Pinstriped Arrogance" and powerful closer, "Jacob's Ladder", Hands Of Dimes will have your undivided attention. Track after track of great music that will have you snapping your fingers, stomping your feet and clapping your hands in no time flat. While there are elements in their music that will remind many of the soulful bluesy side of Free and Humble Pie. Make no mistake though, Hand Of Dimes have a distinct sound without replicating or mimicking other bands. One things for certain, your listening experience will be a memorable one. With this being only a EP, a powerful one at that, leads me to believe that when they release their full length album it's going to be mind blowing! Hand Of Dimes is a rock band that squeezes every drop of emotion from each song. What more could any fan of rock music want?! They bring a much needed soul filled energy to the rock music scene that's been missing for quite some time. Rock on and rock forward Gentlemen. - Highly Recommended
Tony aka The Atomic Chaser @ The Dedicated Rocker Society/All Access Magazine

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